MANCHESTER FCI

A low-security federal correctional institution with an adjacent minimum security satellite camp.

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The Federal Correctional Institution in Manchester is a medium-security federal prison. It has an adjacent minimum-security federal prison camp. My friend Seth Ferranti began serving his sentence inside the medium-security federal prison. We’re looking forward to receiving reviews from people who spend time inside the minimum-security camp at Manchester, too. If you’re looking for information on minimum-security camps, please read some of the other reviews.

Inmate Gender: Male Offenders

Population:1,080 Total Inmates
892 Inmates at the FCI
188 Inmates at the Camp

Judicial District: KY

County:CLAY

BOP Region:Mid-Atlantic Region

User Reviews

  • 1. My name is:Seth Ferranti
  • 2. I arrived on:December 1993
  • 3. I’m scheduled to leave on:I’m now free from the federal prison system.
  • 4.My judge sentenced me to serve how many months? I served a 25 year, 4 month prison term and I started my sentence at FCI Manchester. I spent almost three years there and it was a definite eye opener as I grew up in the suburbs, a military brat, was a first-time, nonviolent offender, and had never been in prison before.
  • 5. In the past, I’ve been confined at the following institutions:Before arriving at FCI Manchester my only experience in prison was county jails and holdovers. I was shipped in transit (handcuffed, shackled, with a belly chain, and black box) from Alexandria, Virginia, where my indictment originated to FCI Manchester and stayed at a couple of different holdovers in Petersburgh, Virginia and North Carolina on the way.
  • 6. I was convicted of the following offense:I was convicted of selling LSD and marijuana at East Coast colleges.
  • 7. Pros of the facility:When I arrived at FCI Manchester as a prison newbie it surprised me that it didn’t look how I had envisioned a prison. From the movies and the couple county jails and holdovers I’d been at Iw as expecting something out of the Shawshank Redemption. But Manchester was clean, modern, and looked like a college campus with manicured grass, landscapers, and an open air amphitheater in the middle of the compound, outside the chow hall.
  • 8. Cons of the facility:Manchester is in a rural area, very far from any and everything, in the foothills of Kentucky. The staff is local and speak with a country twang. There was some violence, gangs, and drugs on the compound, but not overwhelming. Very race based.
  • 9.Food assessment of the facility:The food was poor to fair. At that time I didn’t know it (it was the first prison I’d done time at) because compared to the county jail and holdover food it was good. There were some perks like ice cream machine and salad bar, but those are probably long gone by now.
  • 10.Recreational opportunities at the facility:The recreation yard was really well thought out. An indoor gym and weight room one one side and a pool hall, hobby craft, and music rooms to the the other. Walking straight through you come out to a big yard. With a track next to the perimeter fence, soccer and softball fields, handball courts, pull up bars, and an outside weight pile.
    • 11.Programs available in the facility:The education department was decent. They had horticulture and other vocational training classes, mostly on plumbing, electrical, and construction. When I was there they had a college program. Instructors from Eastern Kentucky University came on the compound. Recreation has sports programs, intramural leagues, workout classes, and music/hobbycraft courses.
    • 12.Best jobs in the facility:I worked at Unicor. It was the best thing going. I was an expeditor in the prison factory and made a about $100 or so a month. We produced Army fatigues and US mail bags. Everything else on the compound was limited, unless it was a clerk or Grade 1 position.
    • 13.Living Quarters in the facility:I lived in Clay B. There were four units on the compound, two pods on each unit, about 150 men per pod. Two man rooms, tv rooms, phones in the common area. Semi-private showers. Although the tv are most likely in the common area now. Steel bunk bed, small locker, slim mattress and thin pillow to go with your wool blanket and sheets.
    • 14.How would I assess safety in the facility? :There was violence there regularly. Its a med-to-high, so not a lot of killings like the USP’s but there were plenty of assaults and fights involving gangs, and race, based geographical cliques. I kept my mouth shut and observed my surroundings. Learning what was expected.
    • 15.What types of pressure did I feel in the facility?:I was young and I had a lot of time. I felt like I had to prove myself everyday. Plus I was caucasian and from the suburbs, not exactly a tough guy. But I had to play that role. I felt the pressure to play that role.
    • 16.What is my general review?:I think the guards there ran a real tight ship. There was violence but nothing spilled out of control. The staff always handled it quickly and professionally. It was a decent place to start my sentence, but I didn’t know any better either. But the music and hobby craft departments and the sports leagues were my refuge and I remember the prison fondly for that. I’d rate it a six.
    • 17.On a scale of 1 to 10, I’d give the facility a rating of:6
    • 18.Personal Blog:

    MANCHESTER FCI

    A low-security with an adjacent minimum security satellite camp.

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    805 FOX HOLLOW ROAD, MANCHESTER, KY 40962

    Phone

    606-598-1900

    Email

    MAN/ExecAssistant@bop.gov

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    STAFF NAME

    MANCHESTER FCI

    Federal Correctional Institution

    805 FOX HOLLOW ROAD

    MANCHESTER, CLAY, KY 40962

    Inmate Mail

    INMATE NAME & REGISTER NUMBER

    MANCHESTER FCI

    Federal Correctional Institution

    P.O. BOX 4000

    MANCHESTER, CLAY, KY 40962

    Inmate Money
    Do NOT send money to an inmate using this facility’s address. All funds sent through the mail must be addressed to a processing center in Des Moines, Iowa. This applies to all Federal inmates, regardless of where they are incarcerated.

    Staff Mail

    STAFF NAME

    MANCHESTER FCI

    Federal Correctional Institution

    P.O. BOX 3000

    MANCHESTER, CLAY, KY 40962

    Visiting Schedule

    FCI General Visiting Hours*

    Sunday
    8:00 AM – 3:00 PM
    Friday
    8:00 AM – 3:00 PM
    Saturday
    8:00 AM – 3:00 PM
    Federal Holiday
    8:00 AM – 3:00 PM

    FCI CAMP Visiting Hours*

    Sunday
    8:00 AM – 3:00 PM
    Friday
    8:00 AM – 3:00 PM
    Saturday
    8:00 AM – 3:00 PM
    Federal Holiday
    8:00 AM – 3:00 PM

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